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(VIRGIL). BASWELL, Christopher. Virgil in Medieval England : Figuring the Aeneid from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1995). First Printing. Pp. (8),ix-xviii,1-438. 8vo, grey cloth withsilver lettering to spine. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, volum e 24. General editor: Professor Alastair Minnis. "What happens when a prestigious text of one period is read and re-used in a different, much later world? What can we learn from the annotations accumulated by a single manuscript as it moved among new institutions and readerships? In this study Christopher Baswell takes as his model Virgil's ancient epic poem The Aeneid, and the many kinds of appeal it held for the culture of the Middle Ages. He examines a series of Latin manuscripts of the text which were copied in twelfth-century England but re-used and re-annotated for three centuries, and shows how their users approached the epic in significantly varied ways. He then charts the epic narrative as it moves from the Latin of the original tothe vernaculars of the Roman d'Eneas and Chaucer's House of Fame and Legen d of Good Women, showing how medieval vernacular poets used Virgil's prestige to lay their own claim to poetic and even political authority." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. Auctor to Auctoritas: Modes of access to Virgilin medieval England; 2. Pedagogical exegesis of Virgil in medieval England : Oxford, All Souls College 82; 3. Spiritual allegory, platonizing cosmology, and the Boethian Aeneid in medieval England: Cambridge, Peterhouse College 158; 4. Moral allegory and the Aeneid in the time of Chaucer: London, BLAdditional 27304; 5. The romance Aeneid; 6. Writing the reading of Virgil: Chaucerian authorities in the House of Fame and the Legend of Good Women. Very good in crisp dustjacket. 80.00
Title: Virgil in Medieval England : Figuring the Aeneid from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995, ISBN:0521462940:
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